MISS Universe Australia Rachael Finch has a new friend for life - even though she talks in her sleep.
Her roommate during the 2009 Miss Universe pageant is none other than Miss USA, Kristen Dalton, who picked to share the room with her Australian counterpart.
"As soon as I walked in the room to meet her for the first time, she greeted me with a huge hug and a very loud hello," Ms Finch said.
"I later discovered she chose to room with me.
"It's a privilege to be rooming with Miss USA as all the women from the US pageant are extremely smart and highly polished for international pageants."
The pair are just two of 84 contestants who have taken over Paradise Island, in the Bahamas, for weeks of lead-up appearances and events before Miss Universe 2009 is chosen on August 23.
Ms Finch described her newfound friend as wonderful. "She is beautiful, smart and very cute," she said.
"She actually talks in her sleep too."
After her trip to The Bahamas, Ms Finch could soon be seen on television screens around the nation, as part of the coming series of Celebrity MasterChef.
According to a source close to the model, Ms Finch has been in talks with Channel 10 to compete in the show.
Monday night the beauty queens will showcase their national costumes before the first round of judging takes place on Sunday.
Rumours have circulated that judges will not only pick a top 15 from the preliminary round, but will allow an extra contestant into the semi-finals, who will be voted on by the people of the Bahamas through newspaper and SMS voting.
The semi-finalists will not be announced until Sunday, August 23, when Miss Universe 2009 will be crowned.